Anticipated Michael Keaton Sequel Is Happening With Help From Brad Pitt?

By Douglas Helm | 3 months ago

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Beetlejuice is one of the best horror comedies of all time, so it’s no wonder that fans have been clamoring for a sequel for years. Now, rumors are swirling that Michael Keaton and Tim Burton will finally be reuniting after all these years to make fans’ dreams come true.

Though the sequel has been anticipated for a while, it looks like the rumors finally have some teeth. The Ankler newsletter claims that Plan B Entertainment is on board to produce and that Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are both expected to return. Plan B Entertainment is owned by Brad Pitt and has produced a number of incredible movies over the years, including Moonlight, The Big Short, If Beale Street Could Talk, Minari, and many more.

If the rumors are true, it seems like at least a few people might be out of the loop about it. In 2021 screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith mentioned he talked to Tim Burton years before about a script, but that he couldn’t personally find a good way to approach it. In 2019, composer Danny Elfman also mentioned he hadn’t heard anything about it. Of course, that doesn’t mean things couldn’t have changed by then. Michael Keaton has expressed interest in the past, which would be a key element to getting the sequel going.

It seems like Michael Keaton definitely isn’t opposed to reprising some of his most iconic roles. In the upcoming Flash and Batgirl movies, he’ll be portraying his version of Batman/Bruce Wayne again, reprising the role for the first time since Batman Returns in 1992. Of course, Keaton’s original appearances as Batman were also directed by Tim Burton, so maybe Keaton is itching to step back into his Burton-related roles.

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As to whether or not the Beetlejuice sequel rumors are 100% true, all we can do is speculate at this point. Obviously, there is plenty of fan support for the sequel and it would be far from the first time a movie got a sequel decades later. Sequels for franchises like Ghostbusters, Top Gun, Blade Runner, and many more have received the green light, so the potential is there. It doesn’t hurt either that the original dream team all seem to be interested in the idea. Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Michael Keaton, and Winona Ryder would all be essential pieces to the puzzle, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason they wouldn’t be able to come together and make it happen.

With the rumors ramping up and with Michael Keaton diving back into the roles that launched him into superstardom, I personally think these rumors have a good chance of coming to fruition. Just because sequel ideas were dry years ago, doesn’t mean that the creative teams involved weren’t able to find inspiration in the time since. And it seems like almost a sure thing that studios would be willing to produce and distribute it. The fan love and nostalgia would almost certainly make it a profitable venture. But rumors are still rumors, so all we can do now is just wait and see.